An Enid man was injured by a lightning strike Monday as severe storms blew through Northwest Oklahoma.

There also were several tornado warnings issued by National Weather Service for the area but no immediate reports of damage in the Enid area. 

Emergency personnel were called to a business at 3312 N. 16th at about 9:30 a.m. Monday on a report of a man operating a forklift who was injured in a lightning strike, according to an emergency scanner report. An ambulance was on the scene for some time and left with lights activated, according to witnesses.  

According to a report later from KOCO TV in Oklahoma City, the man was taken to a hospital and listed in fair condition.

Tornado warnings were issued in Kingfisher and Garfield counties Monday afternoon.

The tornado warnings in far southeast Garfield County were for a storm that had produced a couple of tornadoes earlier in Kingfisher and Logan counties. There was "no damage in that area at all," said Mike Honigsberg, director of Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management.

Kingfisher County Emergency Management director Steve Loftis said there was no significant damage from tornadoes, despite several touchdowns.

"We followed one from Okarche all the way to Logan County and ... it was on the ground a couple of times, but it was out on open field ... just hit the ground and went back up," Loftis said. 

However, emergency officials reported a tornado near Lucien, in Noble County, severely damaged a house and destroyed a barn. One storm cell near Crescent, 32 miles north of Oklahoma City, spawned twin tornadoes.

The main issue for Garfield County was flooding from the heavy rain.

As of 8 p.m., the Mesonet weather-recording site at Breckinridge reported 3.58 inches of rain, while the site at Lahoma recorded 3.02 inches. The Mesonet site at Marshall reported 3.34 inches of rain, while the site at Medford recorded 3.44 inches.

Most of Garfield County was under a flash flood warning Monday. Authorities put up barricades on some Enid streets, as well as roads between Kremlin and Hillsdale, east of Kremlin, between Pond Creek and Kremlin, to the north and west of Carrier, and in locations around southwestern Garfield County.

Flooding was bad enough in some areas that emergency workers have had to rescue people from their cars, Honigsberg said. 

"Our rural communities, our sheriff's deputies, our Enid police, we were all on top of it today," he said.

At one point, Enid Police Department posted on its Facebook page discouraging people from driving if they didn't need to.

"If you don't absolutely need to be out driving please stay inside. We are having widespread flooding issues on the streets," EPD said.

The department also warned people about driving around barricades and into high water and.

"Emergency responders are dealing with nearly 2 dozen stranded motorists so far," EPD reported at around 6 p.m.

In Grant County, U.S. 81 was closed north of Medford to the Kansas line, due to flooding, according to Grant County Emergency Management director Brandon Fetter. Oklahoma 11 east of Medford to Interstate 35 also was closed, he said.

Red Hill road north of Four Corners also was closed due to high water. As of 7:30 p.m., barricades still were being placed around the county, Fetter said.

"We've got a lot of rain, and we've got more coming in," he said.

In Major County, Major County Emergency Management director Brandon Thompson said water was crossing some roads, but no roads were closed.

He reported that around 7:10 p.m. Monday, there was no flooding in Kingfisher.

In anticipation of bad weather, officials with the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base relocated a portion of its aircraft, the wing's public affairs office confirmed Monday.

Terri Schaefer, Vance chief of public affairs, said the wing relocated more than half its fleet of aircraft to other bases and locations out of the path of major storms, and hangared the remainder at Vance.

Schaefer said the aircraft were relocated for protection and to maximize their availability for training flights. The aircraft that were moved to remote locations are expected to return to Vance Tuesday and Wednesday, depending on the weather, Schaefer said.

Elsewhere in Oklahoma, a tornado struck Mangum, in Greer County, said Glynadee Edwards, Greer County Emergency Management director. Some homes suffered roof damage and the high school's agriculture barn was destroyed, but the livestock survived.

"The pigs are walking around wondering what happened to their house," she said.

There were no reported injuries.

Earlier Monday, school districts in Oklahoma City, Moore and Norman canceled classes with forecasts of hail and wind gusts of up to 80 mph. 

Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City moved several planes to other military installations in anticipation of storm damage. Meanwhile, state workers in several Oklahoma counties were sent home early.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said in a statement the state emergency operations center was activated and urged motorists not to drive around barricades or into flooded roadways.

In Oklahoma City, emergency management officials opened the Multi-Agency Coordination Center, an underground bunker on the city's northeast side that serves as a clearinghouse for coordinating information about severe weather events and other major emergencies.

Some flights at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City were canceled to avoid damage to aircraft and the possibility of extended delays elsewhere.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Coming to Enid weeks before the Land Run of 1893 centennial, I fell in love with the heritage. I started as Enid News & Eagle education, legislative and business reporter, was promoted to news editor in 1999 and currently am digital coordinator.